‘Fresh Air’ hosts Terry Gross and Tonya Mosley talk news, Detroit and psychedelics

‘Fresh Air’ host Tonya Mosley discusses her career path and experiences as a Black journalist, as well as her personal exploration of psilocybin treatment for racial trauma.

Career journey: Tonya Mosley’s passion for journalism stems from her childhood in Detroit, leading to her current role as co-host of ‘Fresh Air’.
* Starting her career as a teleprompter operator, Mosley worked her way up in local TV news and later shifted to public radio, often finding herself the only Black person in the newsroom.
* Mosley has worked as the Silicon Valley bureau chief of KQED in San Francisco, anchor of the midday news show ‘Here & Now’, and creator and host of the Webby Award-winning podcast ‘Truth be Told’.

Facing obstacles: Throughout her career, Mosley has faced scrutiny and dismissal of stories about the Black community.
* She often felt the need to be twice as good as her peers due to the additional scrutiny on her as the only Black member of the newsroom.
* In addition, she consistently had to fight for coverage of certain communities, feeling the need to justify why their stories should be told.

Personal insights: Mosley’s experience as a Black woman in America provides a unique perspective for her journalism.
* She believes her personal experiences allow her to cover stories in a more nuanced way, adding valuable context and understanding.

Healing trauma: Mosley has explored the use of psilocybin, a psychedelic drug found in magic mushrooms, as a method of healing racial trauma.
* Her podcast ‘Truth Be Told’s new season focuses on the use of psilocybin to address racial trauma.
* As part of her reporting, Mosley participated in a therapeutic mushroom retreat in Jamaica, which she says contributed to improved balance and a shift away from workaholic tendencies.

Living in Detroit: Mosley recalls a complex childhood in Detroit, marked by fear and crime, but also love and community connection, forming her drive to address societal issues in her work.
* Her upbringing in Detroit, particularly during the economic downturn of the ’80s and ’90s, significantly influences her work.

View original article on NPR

This summary was created by an AI system. The use of this summary is subject to our Terms of Service.

Contact us about this post






Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *